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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

New environments


The University’s Strathfield Campus received a 2008 Heritage Conservation Award from Strathfield Municipal Council for its ”outstanding heritage conservation and restoration of the Edmund Rice Building”.


  • major refurbishments were carried out at the Strathfield and Ballarat campuses
  • additional space was leased for the Melbourne and North Sydney campuses
  • progress was made on a new building to provide further facilities for the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Brisbane Campus. The building will be known as the Peter Sheehan building, named in honour of the previous Vice-Chancellor.



The University library staff conducted its fourth major survey of client attitudes in 2008. Results were very good for the categories of service quality, service delivery, staff and online. Improvement was needed in the category of facilities and equipment, where growth in student numbers had not been met with a corresponding increase in library space.

Over all, ACU finished in the top quartile, compared with the rest of the sector.

Library loan figures continued to grow, and aquisitions expenditure greatly strengthened collections, particularly online resources, reaching $2.8 million in 2008 (compared with $1.4 million in 2004). Expenditure on print books increased by 50 per cent since 2004.

The libraries have also been purchasing perpetual access to back issues of electronic journals, which will greatly improve capacity to support the research activities of the University.

There was significant refurbishment of each library, including repainting and recarpeting, provision of more student-use computers.



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